WHAT'S HOT PARIS

Antonio's Ladies
"Antonio Lopez was the last great internationally known fashion illustrator," insists Katell le Bourhis, director of the Musée des Arts de la Mode. That may be why more than 200 of Lopez's illustrations--including those of favorite models Jessica Lange, Jerry Hall and Paloma Picasso--will be hanging in the museum from Oct. 15 through next February. 109 Rue de Rivoli. Tel.: 44.55.57.50

Papa's Place
In the midst of the fighting to free Paris in 1944, Ernest Hemingway conducted his own liberation--of a tiny bar in the Hotel Ritz. Named in his honor, the Bar Hemingway has reopened after being closed for the last few years. The English bartender, Colin, serves up specialties such as Hemingway's favorite Cuban rum, and has a store of anecdotes from the bar's lively history. Hotel Ritz, 15 Place Vendome. Tel: 42.60.38

Czeched Out
Karl Lagerfeld's newly rebuilt flagship boutique boasts candy-colored crystal chandeliers, video monitors showing Lagerfeld shows, dance music and, of course, Lagerfeld's signature collection. Czech designer Boris Sipek is the man responsible for the new look, as well as the aggressively modern exterior, which has nearby retailers shocked. To them Karl says, So what? 17 Rue du Faubourg St. Honore. Tel: 42.66.64.64

Fresh Catch
Gaya, one of Paris's best seafood bistros, boasts its own teams of fishermen in Brittany and along the Catalan coast, which means the fish at this Left Bank eatery is really fresh. Naturally the menu changes daily, but a standout is a fish and shellfish stew à la orientale. 44 Rue du Bac. Tel: 45.44.73.73

The Hot Holiday Drink
It doesn't sound very French, but brandy eggnog, as made by barman Oliver Sanchez at Le Bar Ledoyen, is a Paris favorite. Sanchez takes a measure of cognac, one egg yolk, one small spoon of sugar and one glass of milk (hot or cold), mixes it all in a shaker and tops it with some grated nutmeg, and voilà. Carre des Champs-Elysees. Tel: 47.42.23.23

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